My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

New Batch ‘O New Gen

Mmm….New Generation Hazy IPA is back on draft at Amplified Ale Works. Not an easy choice when there age so many tasty options.

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Fuzz Pedal n & FIFA Finals

I’ve been reluctant to share postings of Amplified Ale Work recent batch Fuzz Pedal IPA, a 6% ABV hazy IPA, and collaboration with Crosby Hop Farms. So damn good. I’ve been told the hop bill from Crosby was not disclosed, but would guess predominantly Nelson. Citrus fruit nose with underlying pine. Flavor is not subtle; […]

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Happy 4th of July

A great reason to do some day drink’n on the streets. No better beer than Amplified Ale Works Juice Springsteen, with it’s aptly colored themed label, and no better place than the 40th annual Bird Rock 4th of July Festival and Parade, today from 10am to 1pm. Cheers.

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Yeeewwww IPA

When you say the name of this one you need to make the Shaka sign with your fingers. Lots of mosaic in this Backstreet Brew.

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RVK Brewing Tasters

To get it to eight glass flight, we passed pn the lager, chose the draft version of the “All Night Long” and the nitro version of the “AfterHours” for the fight. Quite pleased with them all. I thought the nose for draft of All Night Long was off Favs were the cask version of All […]

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Ölvisholt Tasters

Knowing their open hours were limited, we were happy to find them open when driving past. Unfortunately we arrived 15 mins before closing; they were gracious enough to serve us anyway, as another brewery staffer was on site tending to things for a bit longer. We agreed on a flight of 8 beers, as well […]

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Borg Brugghus Bjórs

Myrkvi NR.13, a 6% ABV coffee porter, for the lady, and Úlfur NR.3, a 5.9% ABV IPA, for me. Staying at a horse ranch hostel in Skjol, and found a campground with a small restaurant-bar right across the way.

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Skadi Farmhouse Ale

A pleasant 7.5% Icelandic-style farmhouse ale from Ölvisholt Brewery. Nicely balanced and malt forward. We will be passing the brewery tomorrow, hopefully during their 12 to 3 open hours.

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Ölverk Tasters

A quick stop at Ölverk Pizza and Brewery, just west of Selfoss. From R to L we tried 1, 3, 4 and 7…later realized 4 and 7 were guest beers. Ölvisholt is a planned stop in a couple days.

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Exorbitance

A delish 13+% pastry stout from Moksa Brewing out of Sacramento, CA. Like a Scandinavian Omnipolo pastry stout good. If ya don’t already have diabetes, this is a good head start. Dessert sweet. Surprised, but quite pleased, to find it still on tap a week after last weeks Moksa tap takeover.

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Hop Puddin’ Can

After trying Juice in a can I had to try a Hop Puddin’ can. Mmm… still some bitterness, but slightly less. Quite tasty… though still think “Hawaiian Topics” while sipping. Michele wants even zero bitterness and added chocolate notes, like an Almond Joy. Yeah, yeah…Mounds is the one without almonds, but AJ is dark chocolate. […]

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Juice by the Pool

Juice in the can is awesome. Sure, that’s my perspective… but that’s me drinking n typing n shit. The can has been in the fridge for a week or so, and I didn’t pour the last bit…keeping the sludge to a minimum. I thought it has less lingering bitterness and found even more juicy.

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Original 40 tasters

Happy to find plenty of liquid refreshments available though it is the last day of their soft opening. My fav was Feeling Safe, assuming I got the beer order correct. Juicy with strong grapefruit notes, and a touch of sweetness. Not really a west coast IPA, but tasty none the less.

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Knee Deep Simtra

I like a lot of Knee Deep Brewing’s beers. I even like some of their IPAs. The label sounded familiar, so I grabbed one. This is just ridiculous and undrinkable. I confused their Citra with Simtra. Coming in at 11.25% with Citra and Simcoe hops that top out at a 131 IBU. They describe it […]

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Trestles IPA

Left Coast brewery of San Clemente, California claims that “People that go left are in their right mind.” Last I checked, the point at Trestles break far better right. Trestle’s IPA has IBU’s of 58.5. It’s brewed by a local, family owned Left Coast Brewery in San Clemente. The label claims it’s a light bodied, […]

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Coastal Eddy

It’s been some months since my last venture to The Casbah. In addition to the select drafts I recall cans of some smaller local brews, as well as 12oz of larger crafts and 20+oz. of macro-brews. This 6.5% ABV hazy IPA tallboy offering from 32 North is a pleasant surprise. Juicy with strong notes of […]

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Belgian Pale Ale

At Pizza Port Solana Beach. Nicely hopped with Belgian yeast notes, and only 5% ABV. Quite nice. 134 IPA ain’t a bad choice either.

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Caught in a Rip

A delish 11.5% IPA from the fine folks at Rip Current Brewing. Though a bit sweet on the nose, the piney and resinous hop flavors are front and forward from start to finish.

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Old Can o’ New Gen

Not to be confused with Bad Reputation or My Generation… it’s held up surprisingly well for a 9 month old 6.5% ABV IPA. Rumor has it that it is on the schedule again for rerelease…hmm.. or maybe that was a dream.

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Give Me Cali or Give Me Death

Newer collaboration beer from Amplified Ale Works and Chula Vista’s 3 Punks…you guess it.. it’s an IPA made in the hazy style.

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Saint Archer Hazy IPA

After sitting for a bit packaged hazy beers can have a concentrated sludge on the bottom that would be best avoided. When in a can you can’t see it…but it’s often there, lurking. A vigorous shake isn’t necessary; but maybe a bit of can rotating to reintroduce the sediment back into the liquid. The beer […]

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Cocomo IPA

I’ve tried many a Figueroa Mtn beer, but likely just scratching the surface of the Fig Mtn beer catalog. But, it’s quite possibly the best Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beer I’ve had. It’s a well balanced IPA with a mild coconut nose and tad more than a hint of coconut on the finish. It’s got […]

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Revengeful Spirit IIPA

Stone Brewing’s 8.1% ABV imperial IPA made with pineapple and mandarin orange. Fruity up front, somewhat sweet while in my mouth and with just enough lingering hop finish to encourage another sip. Whoa… that was gone fast… who drank my beer?

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Petrus Cherry Chocolate Quad

Years ago we would make a dessert-like beer cocktail mixing Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Lindeman Frambois. This Petrus reminded me of that; sweet and dessert-like. At 8.5% ABV it had almost 50% more octane compared to our beer cocktail. Tonight we had after dinner and found it quite enjoyable. Coating our mouths almost like […]

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Codename: Superfan

Fresh off the bus from Lafayette we walked into Whole Foods with the idea of a snack or the $1 fresh shucked oysters that was on the sign outside. Instead I’m lounging in Adirondack chair in the beer lounge of a supermarket. Happy with my beer choice…juicy.

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Liberati Oenobeer Tasters

Oenobeers are beers made with the addition of wine grapes, or grape must, or juice, etc., prior to fermentation…always starting with a base beer first. Quite interesting. Like wine-barrel aged beers, but all stainless. For some, like the stout, I think contaminated… like unintentional souring that is not quite sour. Hard to wrap my head […]

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Thru the Haze IPA

Quite happy with this 6.4% ABV beverage from the fine folks of Bear Republic Brewing. 49 words worth of picture below.

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Murkwood & Polar Opposite

A Pure Project hazy IPA for me, and the 32 North golden coffee stout with vanilla on nitro for the lady.

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SouthNorte Aniversario 1

Pleasantly surprised by this 7.5% ABV belgian-style saison. This has been in the fridge for a while as we weren’t to impressed with other SouthNorte beers we’ve tried.

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11IPA

Something to sip while starting carnitas. Quite good…and exactly one louder.

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Leisure Lagoon

Sounds like a retirement community. Maybe it is and they named the beer after it, hoping to move their parents, or themselves, up on the waiting list. Decent beer. I had no problems squeezing all I could from the can, but found it a bit more dry than I prefer in the style; I like’m […]

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Fresh Haze IPA

Grabbed this tall boy late night a week or so ago while walking the streets of Lost Wages, NV. I had full intentions of enjoying while I walked, but found other items of interest while out and about. Pleasantly surprised. Lots of distinctly orange juiciness, nice bitterness and soft mouth feel. At 6.5% ABV, and […]

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Venenosa

More than a hazy IPA; it’s opaque. Not so juicy. 7% ABV with more dry finish that has notes of black pepper.

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Hop Cloud Hazy IPA

We rode bicycles to Hess Brewing’s newest tasting room in Imperial Beach. Happens to be right across the street from Coronado Brewing’s IB location. 26 miles in and 24 to go. As nurishment to fortify our ride home, I chose a big boy glass of a 7% ABV, 65 IBU NE-style hazy IPA, she chose […]

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Coronado North Island IPA

Mmm…for those that have been enjoying on draft for a while, you know. For those that don’t, the picture below will save me from typing… The bottles does a good job of capturing the character of the draft version we call love. Quite nice.

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Oranges are Oranges

A sweet and juicy 8.2% ABV milkshake IPA from Reno’s Lead Dog Brewing. Orange with the vanilla is somewhere between orange julius and orange soda. Bitterness is mild, does a good job balancing out the sweetness, and more noticeable on the finish.

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Lovelady Love Juice #13

Just in town for a minute before stumbling into juicy goodness. 5.9% ABV IPA made in the NE hazy style. Lucky to find PUB 365 open until 2am…then phone died.

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Cross Fade

Super carbonated. When I popped the cap the beer overflowed. I quickly poured and was able to salvage most of it. We quite enjoyed this 5.5% hoppy farmhouse saison with brett from Maine’s Oxbow Brewing. Nice brett nose and dry finish with mild bitterness. Reminds me of bicycling through Belgium. Yay Beercycling.

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Nug-o-War IPA

Totally stoked to find this gem from the minds of Pizza Port and Burgeon Beer the back of the fridge. Not so stoked to find the draft of yesterday’s post when I went to generate this post.

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Sula

It’s like Modern Times night in da house.

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hop diggity

I don’t recall this 8.2% ABV double IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co. being so fruity. Quite nice.

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Mirror Universe

A 7% hazy IPA from Fair State Brewing Cooperative in Minneapolis, MN. Not bad, but with virtually no hop bitterness and lacking the strong hop nose of the dry hopping…it’s kinda underwhelming. Hmmm…date on the bottom of the can is 10-02-18, so it is likely due to beer being a bit old. I look forward […]

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Bah-ñilla Milkshake IPA

Super carbonated, so very foamy. Nose is kinda sweet with non-distinct fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and juicy with more pronounced fruitiness. With no fruit indicated I’m assuming it must be characteristics of the dryhopping bill. All wrapped up in a 6% ABV package. Not bad, but to great. I liked the juicy, but thought it […]

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High Style Pale Haze

…not to be confused with “high life” or “high times”. Though it’s not saying much, of the dozen or so non-alcoholic beers I’ve tried over the years, it is one of the better ones I’ve tasted. Smells like beer. A nose of sweet malts and a hop profile that smells like, well….marijuana…but in a beerish […]

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Whipped

There have been a handful of milkshake IPAs that Michele has really like. All the standout ones have been double or triple IPAs (8% to 13% ABV), mostly with fruit, all somewhat sweet and super dry-hopped with very little bitterness on the tongue (less than 20 IBU). I grabbed this can of 8% ABV nitro […]

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CAVU Brewery Tasters

A few month back La Jolla’s Absolution by the Sea was renamed CAVU Brewery. Talking to our server, AbtS had multiple owner and when some left to stay focused on the Absolution nest, two owners stayed and renamed it. The house beers we tried need some work, but they did have a decent tap list […]

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Happy Hops IPA

It ain’t no Pliny, but had no problem finishing the bottle.

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And the Winner is…

For now it’s Stratacaster. But with E11even IIIPA and Strange Lover IPA on as well, plus Electric Mud cans out…we might be here a while. Not hard to guess that she chose Gold Record.

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13 Point Brewing Tasters

Lemon Grove’s first brewery. The brown is second from the right, otherwise L to R, top to bottom. We chose the nitro porter. Overall we thought beers were pretty good. A couple of weeks into their soft opening with Grand Opening next Friday.

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8 Bit Brewing

We tried a small sampling of 8 Bit Brewing beers and were surprised by how much we enjoyed them. We would definitely go back. L to R, we had Hefe for Dead, Legend of Nilla, We Are Froot, Hazy, Shallow…, True Brewmance, and Mario Tart. All quite enjoyable.

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Opaque Hazy IPA

Juicy n tasty. Marked as a session IPA at 5.4% ABV. We tried five or six different brews and quite happy with what tried.

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Gravity Heights

We bicycled the 15 miles to the newest brewery in town, Gravity Heights. Off Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights. Nice place. Not a surprise, I opted for the hoppy flight.. …and she opted for the dark and malty tasters. Not a bad beer in the bunch…not much a surprise considering Skip Virgilio is at […]

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Super Dimension

A juicy n hazy IPA where the slight tartness just adds to the juiciness…like morning breakfast beverage juiciness. With very little bitterness and massive dry-hopping, it’s really quite good. No way I would have guessed the 8% ABV the bottle indicates. From the fine folks at Chicago’s Pipeworks Brewing Co.

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Stupid Head

The beer name is reminiscent of five year-old playground name calling. By taste I would have said New England-style hazy IPA, and not the hefeweizen indicated on the can…must be the dry hopping. Clocking in at a respectable 8% ABV.

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Pathway White IPA

Quite pleased with the newest collaboration brew from Karl Strauss and Amplified Ale Works. Some flavor characterizes similar to a belgian pale ale, and clocking in at 6.9% ABV.

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Sex Panther

2000 words worth of pictures…cuz my thumbs are lazy today. Miles to go before I…have my next beer.

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Weekend Vibes IPA

Probably should have waited to drink this on a crappy mid-week day to get the full benefit of the Weekend Vibes. I mean, I already had good weekend vibes going on. Drinking from the can the nose is strong pine and citrus hops…mmm…yummy. The flavor is somewhat soft. Light malt body with no sweetness allows […]

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Heady Topper

‘nuf said. Paired well with BLAH fries. So did the Focal Banger.

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California Coast IPA

A delish 7% ABV collaboration IPA from the fine folks at Burgeon Beer Co. and Alvarado Street Brewery. Juicy citrus notes, mild bitterness that quickly diminish and a somewhat sweet finish. Might as well be a morning breakfast beverage. I guess it is depending on what time of day you drink it. Hmmm…or is it […]

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La Perversa IPAx2

A fine 8% double IPA from Tijuana’s Border Psycho Brewing. Nice hop notes with no residual sweetness. balance

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Modern Time Beer Tasters Encinitas

All quite good but my favorite at the moment was the Power Word Kill. A juicy n delish 8.3% IPA made in the hazy style. Like a fermented fruit juice of sorts.

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Love California

A piney 7% unfiltered west coast IPA with a somewhat dry finish, from the fine folks at Automatic Brewing. Would pair well with one of BLAH’s autumn squash pizzas…mmm.

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Rip Currant Tasters

L to R = top to bottom First beer stop at about halfway. Both Caughts are deceptively drinkable for 11% beverages. Hmm…I’m liking the Caught in a Haze; smooth mouth feel, mildly sweet body and less lingering bitterness at the finish.

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Blend-o-matic IPA

Pre-blended keg of the stuff. Juicy with hop forward bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Quite enjoyable. Makes me want to try the individual cans of the brut IPA and hazy IPA.

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Cerveza Fresca with Guava

Too sweet and not quite working for me. Like a blend of sweet agua fresca and light-bodied beer. Still clocking in at 7.3% ABV. I’m thinking it’s the sweet nose that I find overwhelming…comparing it to a juicy NE IPA where the dry hopping nose prevails. An interesting venture for the fine folks at El […]

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Party Shirt

Let’s get this party started….f’in Party Shirt bro…

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Fuzz Pedal

New beer at Amplified Ale Works. A 6% ABV, 48 IBU IPA made in the New England-Style…mmm…yummy.

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Let The Bruties Hit The Floor

Pizza Port OB currently has two brut IPA’s that I’m quite happy with. This one is the stronger clocking in at 8.2% ABV, and less sweet than the 6.3% Bruty Call.

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Made with Love

Quite happy with this juicy beverage. Nose is strong citrus rind and the flavor does not disappoint. Finish has mild bitterness that reminds me of grapefruit peel but in a good way. I would have guessed a lower ABV than indicated on the can.

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Modern Times Bedrock

Bedrock is a toasty, malty brown ale made with both coffee and beer.  It has a mild aftertaste of toasted coconut, the coffee gives it a slight roasted chocolate hint, but it’s not sweet at all.   At 30 IBUs and 6.2% it comes in much less than Barley Forge’s 37 IBU 6.6% Patsy, which is […]

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IPA 395 by Mammoth Brewing

My neighbor and I spend a lot of time trying to find unique beers for each other.  He got home late on Friday, so I ended up popping open the bottle I got for him instead of gifting it.  It’s an 8% double IPA with 70 IBUs.  It’s named after the infamous California Highway 395.  […]

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

A bit to much malty, almost caramel like, sweetness for my tastebuds at the moment. Not bad enough to dump, but likely won’t invest in another bottle this year.

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Enjoy by 10.31.18

A day late and typing whilst drinking in hopes the Stone Enjoy-by Police won’t remove the drink from my hand before I finish. Tastes fine to me. The 9.4% ABV is like a party in every sip.

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My Savior

During the slow stop-n-go trek that is Little Italy’s India Street, my car started to act up and coasted to a stop just north of Grape. I ended up in front of a parking meter with time still on it…hmm.. 40-mins left. ..it must be a sign. I found my Savior…a delish 8% triple dry-hopped […]

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Eurisko Beers

Our favorite beer stop so far today. R to L were Namaste Hazed, Terms of Endearment and Summer Wit…with not a bad beer in the bunch. So happy with what we had also enjoyed the Tap-Shackled 11% imperial stout.

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Wayfarer IPA…

…for me and a Tart Berry for the lady. At Green Man Brewing Company.

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Bhramari Tasters

1000 words worth… Second thousand words All good. If I had to pick a fav it would be The Good Fight.

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Translucent

An 8.7% double IPA for me and Madame Pumpkin Saison for the lady.

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///Fear.Movie.Lions

Surprizingly good. It has a big sweet malty base I normally not a big fan of in my IPAs but with strong notes of melon and fruits it is quite enjoyable…and may be the perfect breakfast beer. It’s even got the 8.5% ABV going for it. Her Stone Berliner Weisse…not so much. Finish is bone […]

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Tropiclemente

Super fruity IPA from Lost Winds in San Clemente.

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Big Sur Double IPA

I big malty 9.6% ABV DIPA with a nice hop balance. From Barrelhouse Brewing. Paired well with our Morrow Bay oysters.

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Casa Agria Tasters

After hours in the car I need to stretch my legs and find a bathroom. As usual she found the perfect place just off the 101…a brewery. Trying to stay on schedule we limited ourselves to two each, but really need to spend more time here…all we tried were quite good. R to L we […]

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A little Puff after work

By little I mean 12 fluid ounces. By Puff I mean 9.8% ABV, 108 IBU IPA from Sixpoint Brewery. Per the label an unfiltered and special dry-hopped version of their Resin imperial IPA. Piney and resinous hop characteristics overpower the big malty base so no residual sweetness. The pleasant, but strong, bitterness doesn’t linger as […]

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Ketch Brewing Tasters

This newer brewery is in the Brig HQ on Ostrow, and currently only open on weekdays for lunch, between 11am and 2pm. Owned by the folks that own the Brigantine restaurants, I’ve heard the beer will be made for the restaurants. While there, the fav of all 3 or 4 groups ordering beer was the […]

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Guava Libre! Consolation Prize

She enjoyed the dessert-like Guava Libre!, a collaboration beer The Bruery and Funky Budda. Think milkshake IPA, minus the hop bitterness, with added vanilla and sweet fruit. They even let it ferment enough to get up to 7.5% ABV. I, on the other hand, got the Consolation Prize. This 9.5% ABV double IPA, from the […]

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Be Humble Sip Down IPA

Quite happy with the hazy collaboration beer from Burgeon Beer Co. and Humble Sea Brewing.

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Creative Creature Tasters

Decided to crash a “friends and fam” soft opening occuring today and tomorrow at the newest brewery in town, Creative Creature Brewing Company. IPAs and sours and a stout. We tried # 4, 5, 6, 13 and 14. All decent… They took over the brewery spot where Urbn Pizza and Brewery were, at the corner […]

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Exploration IPA

Quite happy with this beer; 6.8% ABV and nicely balanced. Even better that it was a freebie, as my boss brought back for me from his recent trip to that area.

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Guava & Strawberries

Damn….this is a spectacular beverage. After trying each, I definitely have my favs, but this mead stands out. After being the bomb at some recent festivals, it understandable that they are down to their last. Get it while you can. Fruit forward but not overly sweet, and clocking in at 8.9%. Nice job.

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Super Cluster Ale

Meh…not impressed. Not bad enough to dump but would not buy again. Hmm…come to think of it, I don’t think I bought this one.

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Popihn IPA – Rakau/ Simcoe – DDH

From Brasserie Popihn from Vaumort, France, this IPA has very pale malt body with no sweetness, hop character has citrus peel bitterness and finishes very dry. Tasty.

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National Drink Beer Day

Happy National Drink Beer Day! Yeah, it was yesterday…but I was kinda busy doing my part to celebrate the day. I would hope anyone reading this did the same. I enjoyed the the MadeWest 7% ABV brut IPA, Effervescent, with our 1.5 dozen oysters on the half-shell, octopus a la plancha and chowder fries at […]

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